Lincoln district modifies dress code amid hoodie backlash
Jul. 31, 2018
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln school district officials modified the district's dress code after receiving criticism from parents over a new ban on hooded sweatshirts.
Lincoln Public Schools announced a new districtwide rule on Monday that allows students to wear hoodies but prohibits wearing the hood over their head in school. The move comes days after Mickle Middle School removed hoodies from the list of approved attire this fall, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.
Mickle parents pushed back last week against banning the sweatshirts, which they said are a staple of many students' wardrobes and school sports team apparel.
"We listen carefully to parent feedback, we carefully considered that feedback and this morning made the decision to follow the standard that hooded sweatshirts are permitted in all LPS schools, but while (students) are in school they shouldn't wear the hood over their head," said Matt Larson, the district's interim associate superintendent for instruction.
It's important for dress code rules to be consistent across the district and not prohibit a type of clothing that's popular with students, he said.
A Mickle committee had recommended the hoodie ban as a measure to minimize distractions to classroom leaning, Larson said.
"I think what's important to keep in mind was Mickle's intentions were good," he said. "They were looking to ensure students were engaged in the classroom, to minimize distractions and maximize student learning — that was their intent."
District officials will share the modified hoodie rule with all principals, who are then responsible for communicating it to parents.
Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com